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Juwairia Ashraf1, Tabassum Latafat1, M Mohsin2, Mohd Aslam3, Muhammad Uwais Ashraf3*
1Department of Moalajat, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU, Aligarh-202002, UP, India.
2Department of Amraz-e-Jild wa Zohrawiya, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU, Aligarh-202002, UP, India.
3Department of Medicine, JN Medical College, AMU, Aligarh-202002, UP, India.

ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Volume 2, Issue 2, Page 78-80, May-August 2014.

Article history
Received: 10 July 2014
Revised: 5 August 2014
Accepted: 10 August 2014
Early view: 13 August 2014

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ABSTRACT

Background: Socioeconomic status plays an important role in the prevalence of dermatophytosis (Tinea). The present study was therefore designed to find out its impact in Aligarh (UP, India).
Subject and methods: A total of 207 patients with suspected dermatophytosis were screened and 126 (60.87%) patients having fungal hyphae in potassium hydroxide (KOH) smear were selected for the study. Patients were divided into five groups according to Kuppuswamy’s socio-economic status scale (2007).
Results: It was found that the majority of patients belonged to upper lower socio-economic status, followed by lower middle, upper middle, upper and lower socio-economic status. Recurrence was found in 33 patients. History of anthropophilic contact was found in 31 patients. History of zoophilic contact was found in 46 patients.
Conclusion: The study suggests that group 4 may be main human reservoir of dermatophyte infection in Aligarh (UP, India).

Keywords: Socio-economic status, Dermatophytosis, Tinea.